Thursday, June 11, 2009

Theme # 345 "Upside Down"

I was at the Air Show on Saturday during Memorial Day weekend and these pilots put some show on. They were the Canadian Snowbirds in their CT-114 Tutor jets. Because I was taking the pictures I could not pay attention to the announcer and hear exactly what you called this maneuver. Originally there were nine planes and when these planes went straight up, two pealed away then the seven which you see here completed the inside loop then from other points of the compass the other two rejoined the group. As you look at these planes they are belly up meaning they are flying upside down at this point with the cockpit inside the loop at all times. Completing a inside loop as they say is difficult because of the overall dynamics of the maneuver. Any way it was quite the show. These planes were pretty far away and was hard to keep in focus no less sharp focus so I closely cropped to enlarge and you will see some noise in the sky. I also added some more then usual vignetting to help the eye focus on the planes better (IMHO). As mentioned in my other post I had the camera on what Nikon calls "Continuous Focus" which means that if I keep the subject on the focus bracket and pan at the same time and keep the shutter button half way depressed it will track the focus and when fully depressed it should be in sharp focus. Because the Nikon D-90 has only 11 focus points I sometimes had trouble keeping the subject locked in on one point. Practice makes for better images and I had a lot of training that day.
Nikon D90 2009/05/23 11:51:34
RAW (12-bit)
Lens: VR 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 300mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/1250 sec - F/9
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-C


  1. Looks right side up to me Eddie, different perspective I guess. Great Image though.

  2. A fabulous shot Eddie! Every year a friend of mine goes on Friday for the practice sessions - one of these years I'll play hookey from work and head there for a photo session.

  3. Great shot. I love airshows!! Lucky you.

  4. Wow! You did a fantastic job capturing this!

    The Snowbirds are really phenomenal, aren't they? According to Wikidedia, the maneuver is the "line abreast pitchover".

  5. FANTASTIC!! Looks like a PR photo for the air team. Very well done, Edmund!

  6. Wow, another wonderful photo!

  7. Another outstanding airplane action shot. WOW!!

  8. Fabulous!! Looks like they were performing just for you!!

  9. I can just echo all of the above, well done Eddie!

  10. Spectacular! Love the color, the angle and the plumes of smoke. A truly thrilling show...

  11. Wow. Great shot. Very well done.

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